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Radiative Transfer In An Atmosphere-Ocean System: Comparison Of Vector And Scalar Approaches
Author(s): Charles N. Adams; George W. Kattawar
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Paper Abstract

Radiative transfer in an atmosphere-ocean system has, until recently, concentrated on radiance calculations involving the scalar theory. The only correct approach is to include the full Stokes vector treatment. The authors have developed a very powerful Monte Carlo program which utilizes the method of correlated samples to calculate simultaneously both the scalar and vector radiances using the same photon histories. This technique has an advantage. Though the absolute radiances may be in error by a significant amount, the relative differences can be quite accurate. Complete inhomogeneity in both the atmosphere and ocean can be handled as long as the Mueller matrix for the scattering processes is known. The program is also able to accurately incorporate a stochastic dielectric interface. The error analysis will be presented as a function of both the inherent optical properties of the ocean and a calm wind.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 1990
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 1166, Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II, (25 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.962883
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Charles N. Adams, Silicon Graphics, Inc. (United States)
George W. Kattawar, Texas A&M University (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1166:
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II
Russell A. Chipman, Editor(s)

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